Chris Wielga

Chris Wielga

Public Affairs PhD Candidate

University of Missouri


I am a public affairs PhD candidate at the Harry S Truman School of Government & Public Affairs at the University of Missouri.

My research interests include land use policy, housing policy, and state preemption of local government. Linking these, my dissertation focuses on state preemption of accessory dwelling units (ADUs). I compare what policies have been enacted in different states and examine the interactions between state and local governments in California.

Prior to attending Mizzou, I worked as both a financial policy analyst and a data analyst. I have a master’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado, Denver and a bachelor’s degree from a unique Canadian university, which no longer exists.

In my free time, I walk, and throw frisbees into lakes.

You can download a copy of my Curriculum Vitae here.

  • Land Use Policy
  • Housing Policy
  • State and local govenrment
  • PhD in Public Affairs, 2024 (expected)

    University of Missouri

  • MA in Economics, 2014

  • BA Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2011

    Quest University Canada


Peer Reviewed

Wielga, C. (2023) Accessory Dwelling Units and the Preemption of Land Use Regulation. Cityscape. Forthcoming

Gurantz, )., & Wielga, C. (2021) How have FAFSA submissions differed during COVID-19 in Educational Researcher ,50(4), 256–260.[doi:10.3102]

Salcito, K., Wielga, C., & Singer, B.H. (2015) Corporate human rights commitments and the psychology of business acceptance of human rights duties: a multi-industry analysis , The International Journal of Human Rights, 19(6), 673-696, DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2015.1029284


University of Missouri

Courses Taught

  • State Government, Political Science 2100, Fall 2023

Future Courses

  • Public Policy, Political Science 4320, Spring 2024

Teaching Assistant

  • Research Methods, Public Affairs 8181, Fall 2022
  • Research Methods, Public Affairs 8181, Fall 2021

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